Finance Minister Piyush Goyal highlighted the digital progress of the country in the Interim Union Budget he presented in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
The minister revealed that India is the world leader in mobile data consumption and that the growth has been a whopping 50 times in the last five years. He also stated that cost of mobile data and voice calls is ‘possibly the lowest in the world.’
“India is now leading the world in the consumption of mobile data. Monthly consumption of mobile data increased by over 50 times in the last five years. The cost of data and voice calls in India is now possibly the lowest in the world.”
Goyal also spoke about the growth in mobile manufacturing under Make in India scheme and that it has generated employment. He acknowledged the role of common service centres in converting villages into ‘digital villages.’ The Minister asserted Government’s intention to create ‘one lakh digital villages’ in the next five years.
“Today, under ‘Make in India’, mobile and mobile part manufacturing companies have increased from two to more than 268, providing youth job opportunities. More than three lakh common service centres, employing about 12 lakh people are digitally delivering several services to the citizens, particularly in rural areas. The common service centres are expanding their services and creating digital infrastructure in the villages including connectivity to convert the villages into digital villages. It’s our government’s plan that in the next five years we want to make one lakh digital villages,” the Minister exulted.
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Goyal also addressed a press conference after presenting the budget. Watch it here:
All eyes were on Piyush Goyal and his speech as he presented the Budget just two months before the general elections. The government announcing sops for the common man, farmers and traders were among the highlights of the Budget.